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PARIS---Brazil defender Fabinho scored a
late penalty to earn Monaco a 1-0 win over
ten-man Saint-Etienne yesterday that left his
side level on points with second-place Angers
in the French league.
Newly-promoted Angers, which equalised
late on in a 1-1 home draw with Bordeaux,
leads Monaco on goal difference.
Both have 31 points---14 behind Paris Saint-
Germain, which was looking to extend its run-
away lead when it hosted Lyon later yester-
Saint-Etienne was clinging on after defender
Kevin Malcuit was sent off midway through
the second half for fouling Portugal midfielder
Fabinho forced goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier
into a save just before his 82nd-minute goal,
which came after defender Pierre-Yves Polomat
handled the ball when challenging for possession
with forward Helder Costa.
The 22-year-old Fabinho, who recently broke
into Brazil s national team as a right back, con-
fidently beat Ruffier to his right.
Angers had center half Romain Thomas to
thank for a close-range equaliser in the 83rd
minute after Bordeaux failed to properly defend
Uruguay forward Diego Rolan put Bordeaux
ahead in the 40th with his second goal of the
season, having netted 15 in the league last term.
Marseille had midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada
sent off early in the second half as it rallied to
a 1-1 home draw against Corsican side Gazelec
After Cameroon forward Jacques Zoua put
Gazelec ahead from the penalty spot in the
19th, Marseille top scorer Michy Batshuayi lev-
eled in the 38th with his 11th league goal of
Barrada was shown a straight red in the 50th
for a heavy tackle on forward John Tshibum-
bu.SEE STANDINGS ON PAGE 46
MILAN---Roma held off a Napoli onslaught
to battle its way to a goalless draw yesterday,
ahead of another title clash which sees
Fiorentina visit bitter rival Juventus.
A solid defensive performance earned Roma
only its third clean sheet in the league this
season and prevented Serie A s leading scorer
Gonzalo Higuain from finding the net for a
ninth consecutive home match---and breaking
the club record which he shared with Diego
Roma did not have a single shot on goal
but almost snatched all three points. Daniele
de Rossi had a goal disallowed on a tight deci-
sion ten minutes from time as the cross was
adjudged to have gone out of play.
Napoli and Fiorentina have 32 points, four
less than Serie A leader Inter Milan. Roma
has 29, two more than Juventus.
Earlier, AC Milan s inconsistent season
worsened and it was jeered off the pitch after
a 1-1 draw against bottom club Hellas Verona.
Empoli eased to a 3-0 win over Carpi, and
Chievo Verona had a penalty saved but still
won 1-0 against Atalanta, which had two
players sent off.
Napoli had lost just one of its last 20 match-
es in all competitions---last week s 3-2 defeat
at Bologna---while Roma was without a win
in its past five matches.
Higuain had scored four goals in his previous
two matches but Roma managed to keep him
quiet for most of the night.
The Argentina forward went close imme-
diately after halftime but he just failed to get
on the end of a cross from Faouzi Ghoulam.
There was more impressive defending from
Roma in the 78th as Kostas Manolas threw
himself at Lorenzo Insigne s cross to head it
out for a corner, with Higuain ready to pounce.
Napoli should have won it in stoppage time
when Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny---
who had pulled off several key saves---could
only parry Dries Mertens s effort but Omar
El Kaddouri fired the rebound past the left
post from close range.
In Milan, Luca Toni converted a penalty to
level for Verona after Nigel de Jong had shoved
Leandro Greco, cancelling out Carlos Bacca s
opener. De Jong---making his first appearance
in more than two months---was sent off in
that incident, leaving Milan with ten men for
Luiz Adriano had a goal harshly ruled out
for offside for Milan, moments after the
Rossoneri had been about to score but the
referee stopped play for another controversial
Milan could also have had a late penalty
when Giacomo Bonaventura was brought
down in the area. It was Milan s second suc-
cessive draw against a team in the bottom
two, after last week s goalless match at Carpi.
SEE STANDINGS ON PAGE 46
pulled level on points with Spanish
league leader Barcelona after
Antoine Griezmann scored a blis-
tering goal to complete a 2-1 fight-
back against Athletic Bilbao yes-
Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte
scored from a corner kick to put the
visitors ahead in the 26th minute,
only for Saul Niguez to equalize from
another corner just before halftime.
With Bilbao dictating the flow of
play and coach Diego Simeone call-
ing for home fans to rally his side,
Griezmann unleashed a long shot
that went into the corner of the net
for the 67th-minute winner.
The forward rushed to embrace
Simeone on the sidelines where they
celebrated the goal that left Atletico
level on 35 points with defending
Atletico, the 2014 champion,
extended its winning streak to eight
games across all competitions as it
capitalised on back-to-back draws
in the league by Barcelona following
its 2-2 stalemate with Deportivo La
Coruna on Saturday.
Third-place Real Madrid trails
both pacesetters by five points before
it visits Villarreal later.
With Jackson Martinez injured
and Fernando Torres struggling to
score, Griezmann continued to fuel
Atletico s attack with his team-high
eighth goal in the league to go with
four more in the Champions League.
Bilbao was close to restoring its
lead early in the second half, but
goalkeeper Jan Oblak denied striker
Aritz Aduriz for a second time and
turned back Eneko Boveda s effort.
That was when Griezmann was
quick to let fly a left-footed strike
that sailed beyond the reach of goal-
keeper Gorka Iraizoz after the ball
fell to him when Angel Correa pres-
sured Bilbao s Mikel Rico into losing
"Griezmann is a one-of-a-kind
player," said Niguez. "When he
touches the ball it is going in because
he has a great touch."
Earlier, Valencia remained winless
in its second match since Gary
Neville took over as coach after
needing an own goal to salvage a 1-
1 draw at Eibar.
Goalkeeper Jaume Domenech
helped spare Valencia a defeat by
making a spectacular save to deny
Sergi Enrich early, but couldn t stop
the forward from scoring right before
Valencia s Lucas Orban earned a
direct red card following a clash with
Dani Garcia in the area in the 63rd.
Domenech blocked Saul Berjon s
resulting penalty kick, giving his
team a chance to secure a point when
Eibar s David Junca turned the ball
into his team s net with five minutes
Eibar s Ivan Ramis also saw red
in stoppage time for fouling Paco
Alcacer with only the keeper to beat.
Valencia lost 2-0 to Lyon to bow
out of the Champions League on
Wednesday in Neville s first match.
Elswhere , Malaga got its first away
win of the season, a 2-1 victory at
Rayo Vallecano thanks to Duje Cop s
winning goal with three minutes
• SEE STANDINGS ON PAGE 46
Atletico goes level
on points with Barca
Szczesny helps Roma survive Napoli onslaught
AC Milan's Nigel de Jong, right, challenges for the ball with Verona's Federico Viviani during
the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Hellas Verona at the San Siro stadium in
Milan, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring the opening
goal against Espanyol during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between
Atletico Madrid and Espanyol at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid,
Saturday. Griezmann scored once in Atletico's 1-0 victory. AP PHOTO
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